BY RACHEL TOOLE
There are many great activities embedded in the Pro Team curriculum. Some are all-time favorites. The students at Laurens Middle School shared some of their favorites with me during my visit.
The Pro Team curriculum offers students a different perspective on the teaching profession by allowing them the opportunity to “become the teacher”. While visiting a class in Laurens, students from Lisa Crisp’s class were showcasing their lessons. One student chose to teach the basics of the piano by explaining the difference in the keys and the function of the pedals. Another student taught her classmates how to make earrings. Future teachers, perhaps!
BY RACHEL TOOLE
Elloree Middle School's ProTeam class is led by Dr. Shamika Smalls-Muir. Each week, Dr. Smalls-Muir escorts her students to elementary school classes to interact with PreK-1st grade classes. ProTeamers read and assist with one-on-one or small group instruction. These visits provide ProTeam students with the opportunity to apply learning from the ProTeam curriculum including: the development of communication skills, leadership, and team-building. Elloree Middle School principal, Dr. Derrick James, fully supports the class and Dr. Smalls-Muir's leadership.
BY ANITA HUNTER
RE Davis College Preparatory Academy is grateful to have the opportunity to host a traveling exhibit on the legacy of Anne Frank. The exhibit has been made possible by the University of South Carolina College of Education, with grant support from the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust.
This week (May 6-10), the Pro Team will lead each class in the school from grades 3-8 through a discussion and reflection on the events surrounding Anne Frank's life and the Holocaust.
The Sumter community is invited to come visit the exhibit for free. Please contact the school at 803-495-3247 to schedule a time.
BY PATTY HANSEN
Alice Drive Middle School ProTeam students have been busy. The students are active mentoring at Alice Drive Elementary School, enjoying visits from CERRA's Mr. Theodore Jackson, and creating/working on becoming Sumter's Future Teachers.
BY KAREN PACK
During a recent visit to Lisa Crisp's ProTeam class at Laurens Middle School, we completed a jigsaw puzzle activity that revealed characteristics of teamwork. The students identified communication, cooperation, and participation as essential for reaching a common goal. Following this activity, they reflected on their favorite ProTeam activities and what "aha" moments they experienced when learning something new or unexpected about themselves. Below you'll find a sampling of their reflections:
Bryan...Something I wasn't expecting to learn about myself is that I would actually think about being a teacher.
Randall...During the I Am Bugged By... activity I got a chance to express myself and I was shocked when I realized what actually bugs me. I never took time to think about this before.
Shy'Teria...I learned a lot about myself with the Self-discovery Sub, and also learned that my "True Colors" are really what I am like.
Madison...My favorite activity was Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, where we all wrote nice comments about each other. I was surprised to find out I learn from my heart when we did the Learning Style Inventory.
Bryan...I learned what my last name means when we did the What's In a Name? activity.
Mallory...My favorite activity was Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, because it made me feel good. Also, I was surprised to learn about my talents in the Self-discovery Sub activity.
Taylor...My favorite activity was the Self-discovery Sub activity.
Olivia...My favorite activity was the I Am drawing, and I was surprised to learn that I learn best by using my head during the Learning Style Inventory.
Heidi...I was surprised to learn something about myself...people say I'm understanding and sweet!
Viviana...I was really surprised with what my classmates wrote about me during the Mirror, Mirror on the Wall activity. For example, someone said that I am confident and very outgoing.
Isaiah...I was not expecting to solve a puzzle today. My favorite thing to do is play games.
Shy'Tearial...My favorite activity was Movie Marquee.
ProTeam instructor, Alix Corley, and her students found ways to help raise donations to help those in need for Christmas! A lot of planning and preparation went into these projects, but their hard work paid off.
"Pay to Play" will raise funds for the Anderson CO HYCO foundation. Just pay $1 to play!
The "Concession Stand" of baked goods will help the Lot Project raise funds for the homeless. ProTeamers recruited the volunteers to help bake goods and run the stand!
ProTeamers collected and organized items to be donated to Miracle Hill. Items such as clothes, earbuds/headphones, deodorant, travel size toiletries, (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion) ziplock bags (all sizes), any kind of disposable plates, cups, bowls, cutlery, and toys will be donated to the Miracle Hill foster care program!
Their service doesn't stop there! ProTeamers also collect and donate old towels for the Greenville humane society, make Christmas cards for teachers and staff at Belton Middle, make Christmas cards for residents at the retirement home(s) in Belton.